The nation’s second new nuclear enrichment facility could be under construction before the end of the year, while a third languishes in need of a Dept. of Energy loan guarantee. The new facilities—one in Idaho, one in New Mexico and a third in Ohio—are needed to supply existing nuclear powerplants in the United States and could be expanded to supply new ones. Rendering: Courtesy Areva Eagle Rock plant in Idaho would be a French-U.S. engineering joint venture. Photo: Courtesy Urenco Plant in New Mexico is in production. Paris-based Areva on Feb. 11 signed a two-phase contract with San Francisco-based URS
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.